RIYADH: Cinemas in Saudi Arabia have made great achievements over the past four years, with box office sales exceeding 30.8 million tickets, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
Since its launch in April 2018, the Kingdom’s Film Commission has licensed 56 theaters with 518 screens in 20 cities, in which 1,144 films were shown, including 22 Saudi films. The number of ticket sales amounted to 30,860,956 for films in 22 languages from 38 countries.
The cinema sector also contributed to employing 4,439 young Saudi men and women, as part of the commission’s efforts to increase the size of the media market, provide a favorable environment that would diversify economic sources of income, and create thousands of jobs for Saudi youth.
Using media as a strategic tributary of the national economy and one of the sectors that enhances the Kingdom’s competitive position is also part of the country’s Vision 2030, the report said.
“This demonstrates growth that was achieved in four years, indicating that the cinema sector is an attractive element for local and international investors, in light of the initiatives and projects offered by the commission that enable the beneficiaries to easily engage in media activities of all kinds,” it added.